Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

delight in the detail: fine finishing touches

June 19th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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image source, photography by Carly Bevan Photography

So, you’ve chosen your venue, decided on the date, picked your colour palette and drawn up your guest list. Dress dilemmas are done and dusted, and you’ve selected which gal pals will accompany you down the aisle (still agonising? Check out our tips!). You’ve painstakingly worked your way down the wedding admin tick-list, from the cool stuff – food, music, entertainment – to the not-so-cool stuff – insurance and checking the venue’s PAT testing requirements.

If that’s the case, then bravo and a big shiny gold star for you! And we have good news: it’s time to take a break from all the adulting and spend some time indulging in the frivolous – but fun – details. We’re talking about the kind of finishing touches and frippery that won’t necessarily make or break your day (or your budget, for that matter) but are nevertheless important to you. These little features are often used as a way to make your celebration more personal, more poignant or simply to pump up the wedding wow factor.

So how to make your big day stand out from the rest?

pretty paper

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image source, photography by Weddings by Smith

Maybe I’m just a weird stationery fiend – always a possibility – but I find that there are so many ways to incorporate little personal paper details into your big day. I’ve been to weddings where origami decorations (flowers, rainbow-coloured cranes) featured heavily, paper pompoms, lanterns and streamers provided a colourful (and cheap) decor hit, and place settings and table plans and numbers/names were creatively inspired. Plus, any excuse for a creative get together and cava – oops, I mean crafting – session with your pals, eh?

fancy favours

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image source, photography by Pixsmiths Photography

Couples who put thought into their favours just make us squeal with their cuteness. They don’t need to be expensive – bottles of Bolly and Creme de la Mer products might be affordable for Kimmy K, but not for us mere mortals – so get your thinking caps on. My favourites from recent years have included a pork pie wrapped in floral fabric, gingerbread men from a local bakery, Jameson miniatures from a fellow whiskey-loving bride and Nutella tubs with guests’ names on the label. What’s personal to you that you haven’t seen before at a wedding? I feel a spider diagram coming on….

gorgeous guests

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image source, photography by Bethany Whittaker

Another detail we love – guest books with a twist. Colouring in charts, polaroid or photobooth sessions, date and anniversary ideas, advice for a happy marriage, memory requests, song recommendations – they all get a thumbs up for individuality and creativity from us. Could your venue or interests lend you some inspiration? One couple I know who married in Newcastle’s Baltic modern art gallery asked all of their guests to draw a self-portrait of themselves and stick it to the glass walls, later putting all of the pictures together into a book. It was a great ice-breaker activity on the tables for people who didn’t already know each other and caused a not-insignificant amount of hilarity – bonus!

perfect pressies

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image source, photography by Bethany Whittaker

It used to be that brides and grooms thanked their mums with a big bouquet of last-minute lilies and that was that. Well, no more. Bridal party gifts are another area where the bride gets to go off the beaten track and have some fun. You can go personal – family pictures from the past turned into a beautiful photobook? – or poignant – an engraved locket with a snapshot of the two of you? Maybe she’d appreciate a massage to unwind from all of the stress of the preparations, or perhaps you could book an afternoon tea for the two of you to debrief and share photos a few weeks down the line. The same goes for your #bridesquad, #groomsquad and all of the others who’ve lent a hand, an ear or a wedding car for the big day – think personal and be creative.

creative cakes

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image source, photography by Hayley Blackledge Photography

We look at a lot of pictures of cake (I know, it’s a tough gig) and, by default, lots of cake toppers. It’s clear that this is an area where brides and grooms express their individuality, straying far from traditional couple figurines. We’ve seen Lego people, knitted creations, superhero motifs and even beloved pets rendered in icing. What tickles your fancy?

Also, we’ve lost count of the number of brides who declare their dislike – or their husband’s lack of enthusiasm – for a traditional fruit cake with marzipan icing. The cake flavours described on these hallowed pages, from chocolate orange to pink lemonade, reflect the individuality of each couple and make us drool with worrying regularity. But who says you even have to have cake? We love it when brides demand something a bit different: a favourite family pudding, a humungous cheeseboard or a croquembouche – or an entire wall of doughnuts?! Now we’re talking!

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personalise your prints: introducing

April 18th, 2018 | Rachel Parry (1)

As one of the most prized memories of a wedding day its only right that the images captured on your special day should be shown off to the max.

You may well choose to have a wedding album printed, though after time chances are this will become stored away out of sight. But there are many fantastic and creative ways to give your wedding images daily pride of place, not only in your home, but in those of family and friends too.

Keen to help showcase such memories is our brand new Sponsor that we’re introducing you to on the blog today, Offering an easy-to-use online personalised printing service across the UK, this inspirational website makes selecting and ordering fabulous print products are simple as saying “I do”.

Choose from high quality canvasses and photobooks to more specialised items, such as calendars, mugs, phone cases and cushions. We love the idea of gifting such items to loved ones, so they can share in the memories, and also putting together a customised ‘photo wall’ of canvasses in your own home to showcase your big day to all who visit.

Here to tell us more about the easy-peasy process and super snappy products on offer is the wonderful team behind… (9)

Can you give us a brief overview of and the services that you offer to wedding couples?

the team say: is one of the biggest, personalised printing services across the whole United Kingdom. Specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of customisable wall décor and lifestyle accessories, over the years has proven itself as a reliable, wallet-friendly service with strong business traditions and a highly-regarded, customer-centric philosophy. It is also one of the most sought-after services when it comes to printing photos from special occasions and celebrations such as weddings.

What is the process of Can you briefly talk us through the ordering service and delivery?

The process is devised to be effortless on the customer’s part. The client selects the product and instantly uploads their photo. Once the photo is generated on the product in a preview screen, the client can play around with additional customization options. With the product design completed comes the checkout screen. After filling a couple of fields, the client picks the most convenient payment method, and frankly, it’s where the process ends for the customer. The product is dispatched roughly 24 hours after order confirmation and arrives in a couple of days’ time. (10)

Why do couples like to go beyond a simple album with their big day images?

The wedding photo culture has changed in a lot of ways with the advent of image-based social media sites. Exhibiting your wedding photos and video edits online has become a standard. Thus, when it comes down to giving your wedding photo genuinely special treatment, people tend to think of ways to elevate the whole wedding photo idea on a conceptual level. Photo albums are great, but they have a tendency to lay untouched for years, lying on a corner of a shelf and collecting dust.

What products would you recommend for couples wanting to display images around their home?

Apart from the standard selections such as a photo on canvas, offers a wide range of other wall décor options. While formats such as aluminium, passe-partout, and acrylic print could work out perfectly for those interested in shiny surfaces and a sophisticated gallery-like appearance, photo canvas prints and photos on forex will be the perfect match for those who prefer mobility and amazing price performance.

And, what products would you suggest as gifts for couples to gift to their loved ones?

Although we tend to view all of our products as gift-worthy articles, there are some that stand out as particularly suitable specifically for the wedding theme. The already mentioned photo book with the simple and rich design options is a great way to compress the whole day into a single, wonderfully presented medium. Meanwhile, items such as photo phone cases and photo mugs provide the option to wake up and live with the memory each new day. Anyway, the ability to choose is a wonderful thing! (6)

What is the feedback like from couples about What do they love about the website, products, and services?

The feedback is really good. Couples ordering digital reproductions of their wedding day photos usually cannot stress enough how quick and fuss-free the whole ordering-delivering affair is. The quality of the print itself is also a subject of acclaim. People love seeing their emotions re-created with such precision and accuracy. The more true-to-life the image, the greater its emotional impact.

What sets apart from other photo printing companies? really positions itself as a people’s service. With incredible pricing and simplicity over flashiness, it’s designed to put the photography in first place, just as it should be. Of course, the price and quality ratio hugely contribute to this. It would be a hard task to find an alternative that offers items for a price that’s three times less the original market value yet without any sacrifices regarding the quality side of things. (11)

How can couples find out more and view the various product options? has quite an established online presence. New sales and special offers are regularly announced on our Facebook page while our Instagram feed offers great insight into how your preferred image might look in different types of interiors. Here, you can also soak up some inspiration for your interior solutions in general. Just follow our social media channels, save the items you desire for later, and get updated every time a hot deal comes around!

Any other exciting news to share?

Yes, in fact, there is some good news! A new product has been added to our selection, a product that combines the best of high-tech digital photo printing and organic materials. Photo print on wood is a new, beautiful looking décor piece with an unbelievable price tag! The plywood edge has a beautiful rustic radiance that makes the piece perfect for cosy huts and backyard studios. Safe to say, this will greatly complement wedding photos taken in a natural environment!

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get gifting: top present picks from the wedding shop

March 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re focusing on one of our very favourite things – presents!! – as we catch up with our fabulous Sponsor, The Wedding Shop.

As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, The Wedding Shop, provides unrivalled choice when it comes to creating a personalised wedding gift list, with the option to combine products with honeymoon and cash contributions, and even set up a charity fund.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their newly launched Edinburgh store. Located on the Scottish capital’s prestigious shopping thoroughfare; Dundas Street, the launch follows The Wedding Shop’s luxurious revamp of their Selfridges London showroom last September, and expands their portfolio to four locations, including stores in Chelsea and Dublin.

The beautiful new showroom provides the perfect relaxing and inspirational environment for couples to meet with their own personal advisor and compile their dream list – over a glass of champagne, of course!

To celebrate the launch of the Scottish showroom, The Wedding Shop team has complied its top gift list must-haves for 2017, seeking inspiration from top product designers and looking across its range of unique real-life experiences.

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Commenting on current gift list trends, we speak to Edinburgh showroom manager Nicola Gemmell.

nicola says: Feedback from our clients indicates that ‘experience’ is the new luxury in gift lists, as couples wish to create life-long memories not just increase their collection of personal belongings.

For those that are looking to enhance their interiors through their gift choices, 2017 is all about bringing the outdoors indoors; from botanical-inspired and organic patterned homewares to the use of earthy tones and raw materials. That said, your home is a very personal space and should reflect your own tastes and experiences, not simply the trends. With thousands of products from over 350 brands to choose from at The Wedding Shop, you have the option to be able to select pieces which will ensure your home is fresh, fashionable and functional, but more importantly, you.

I look forward to welcoming couples to our inspiring space and helping them to choose from our portfolio of products as well as being able to add honeymoon vouchers, cash contributions, experiences, and anything else they desire.

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50 shades of green

Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, is a refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Therefore, what better way to mark the commencement of married life than giving the gift of green? The Wedding Shop has a multitude of gorgeous green products, from Aquanova towels and LSA glassware to Pooky lampshades, Addison Ross picture frames and even vibrant kitchen appliances.

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friday fabulous: thomas sabo’s love bridge collection

June 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Thomas Sabo Love Bridge

Here at Brides Up North, we’ve always been fans of Thomas Sabo‘s range of fashionable, wearable jewellery, so when our go-to jewellery brand decided to throw some extra romance into the mix, the result was always going to be right up our street.

thomas sabo say: Our bridal jewellery collection is all about eternalising the best day of your life with stunning jewellery designs to be treasured forever. As every bride has a different taste, we have created wedding jewellery to suit every style, whether it be vintage inspired, glamorous, classic and timeless or sweet and romantic.

The bridal selection includes carefully hand-picked pieces: delicate or statement necklaces, glorious drop earrings, bangles and bracelets to give that extra special touch to your wedding look and rings so elegant that they’ll perfectly pair with your wedding ring. The array of Thomas Sabo engagement rings offers options for all budgets, including both stunning cubic zirconia encrusted designs in sterling silver and solid gold rings with real diamonds and gemstones from the Fine Jewellery collection.

The groom will be able to complement his look with stunningly designed cufflinks, elegant watches and sophisticated bracelets and the wedding jewellery edit also includes cute Charm Club pieces for flower girls.

At Brides Up North, we are particularly keen on the The Love Bridge range for brides or bridesmaids. The idea is inspired by a romantic ritual: as a symbol of their love and everlasting togetherness, lovers attach padlocks engraved with their initials to famous bridges in the most romantic cities in the world. From New York, Paris, Venice to Cape Town, the so-called ‘Love Bridges’ have become a symbol of romance, celebrating a special promise made by two people.

Profound feelings, meaningful moments, love and happiness – the new Love Bridge line from Thomas Sabo captures important events in life with a bespoke engraving. Why not use yours to send a secret love message? #anyexcuse

Visit the Thomas Sabo website to find out more about The Love Bridge range and their stunning bridal collection

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friday fabulous!

August 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Reece Ward Prints

The best summer read, like, ever.

Make your story a best seller.

‘The Happily Ever After Of…’Personalised’ Print by Reece Ward Prints, £20

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Bags Full Of Love.

January 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime


Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: What A Do Weddings



On Thursday I told you all how proud I was to see Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and designer of gorgeous limited edition screen prints and wedding stationery, Helen of What A Do Weddings peddling her wares on Not On The High Street.


Well, this afternoon she’s back, to show off this gorgeous range of personalised bags and prints – just in time for Valentine’s Day, and that would also make the perfect wedding favours or out of town goody bags for travelling guests.


Why not give every female guest a blank [           ?            ] loves [           ?             ] bag and ask them to complete it themselves?  You might get some interesting results from your single bridesmaids – take cover Best Man!



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You can see more of Helen’s work here.


And remember… The first 200 brides to register for the Brides Up North Super Showcase on Sunday 4th March 2012 at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham and come to collect one on the day get a limited edition What A Do Weddings for Brides Up North tote to take home – absolutely free


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